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A-15, 165-Lb rider

Postby Bille » Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:04 pm

I'm teaching a HG pilot , how to kite board ; he weighs 165-Lb (73kg).
What size A-15 , would be good for his weight, in 13 to 22-mph (11 - 19-kt)
winds ?
OR -- would the Aurora III be a better choice for a newbe ?

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Re: A-15 , 165-Lb rider

Postby collider » Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:33 pm

Heya Billie - I don't have A-15, but in my research it seemed to be fairly comparable to the Speed 3. For a noob, I would go with A-15 because of the lower aspect ratio. I haven't seen the Aurora III in the wild, but the Aurora II's I've seen tended to twist in any kind of gusty conditions (higher aspect like Sonic 2) and takes more finesse to fly. Would love to hear otherwise.
As for size... he's right in the middle at his weight. 12m and a big board would work in those winds (smaller board as it gets windier. 15m if the wind there is on the lighter side. If I recall, you're on those NV lakes... I assume you get light wind to start, then picks up quickly?
How are you liking yours?

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Re: A-15 , 165-Lb rider

Postby jakemoore » Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:17 pm

I’ve been flying foil kites a long time and love foil kites. But for a brand new kiter the intuitive drop the bar lose power nature of the tube kites is pretty compelling.

My experience with A 15 is the depower was less direct and immediate like the foil kites of old. That is to say when the bar is pushed out the kite accelerated to the edge creating a power spike that must be managed with edging.

If the rider insists on a foil kite I would consider a HYperlink or Soul.

But I have to say a Boxer is my absolute favorite kite for a beginner and they can be found for a reasonable price.

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Re: A-15 , 165-Lb rider

Postby Kiter_from_Germany » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:08 pm

Bille wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:04 pm
I'm teaching a HG pilot , how to kite board ; he weighs 165-Lb (73kg).
What size A-15 , would be good for his weight, in 13 to 22-mph (11 - 19-kt)
winds ?
OR -- would the Aurora III be a better choice for a newbe ?

Bille
Hi Bille,
would follow the quote with the A15, 12m or even suggest 9m in UL.
Very very nice, easy fun foil.
Pulls like a truck.
For beginners perfect.
Some easy tweaks for better performance or none for ok handling.
You have some exp. with foil, so you can help with initial trim on a regular 4 line bar, SFS system. Get rid of the 5th, it just tangles....

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Re: A-15 , 165-Lb rider

Postby Bille » Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:27 pm

collider wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:33 pm
...
How are you liking yours?
After did the Jackomixer mod , the kite was simply Awesome !! :thumb:

I got a near (no-hours) used 15m, A-15 ultralight ; it pulls my buggy
through grass, in 4-to 6-mph wind. Actually need to get it flying first ;
before i sit in the buggy.

I would NOT recommend, the ultralight material ; to a beginner.
If the guy does purchase the 12m, A-15 ; i'll be sewing a thin Velcro
blow-Out valve , somewhere on the TE , near the center of the kite.

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